Gateshead moved into the National League play-off places with a 1-0 win at Southend.

Marcus Dinanga’s first league goal since September earned the visitors a second straight victory and left Southend just two points above the relegation zone.

Dinanga fired wide and Ed Francis was denied by Collin Andeng Ndi in the first half.

Dinanga, who had scored 17 goals in all competitions this season but none inGateshead climb i his last 14 league games, broke the deadlock in the 58th minute following a goalmouth scramble.

Southend pushed for a leveller and hit the woodwork twice in added time, first through Harry Cardwell’s flick-on before Nathan Ralph’s header crashed off the crossbar.